Self catering accommodation / holiday rental properties / Gites in Dinard, France
Patrimoine et Famille Immobilier are a family run estate agent based in the centre of Dinard with offices on the market square. With over 20 years experience as estate agents and holiday rental agents in the Dinard area we believe that we are well placed to help you find the holiday accommodation best suited to your needs.
The Estate Agency is run by husband and wife Yves and Marielle de Sagazan, with Yves concentrating on the Estate Agency (property sales) and Marielle managing the holiday accommodation / holiday rental side of things. Both speak English and will be happy to talk to you in French or English.
Our holiday rental agency offer a large range of holiday accommodation from large mansions, family friendly properties to studio apartments. The majority of properties are located in Dinard itself. All accommodation is shown in detail on our website. Each holiday home is shown with a full description, a location map and lots of photos so you can be sure that property you select is right for you. All weekly rental prices are shown along with up to date availability.
Why holiday in Dinard, Brittany
Located opposite the port of St malo on the other side of the Rance Estuary, Dinard is a popular beach resort in the department of Ille-et-vilaine in the north west of the region of Brittany.
A long standing favourite of the British, Brittany is closely linked with Britain so much so that Brittany is known to the french as Bretagne, while Britain is Grande Bretagne ! Dinard's history is very closely linked to the British and the town is regarded as 'tres british' by the french.
Originally a small fishing village in the small parish of Saint-Énogat, Dinard is sheltered by imposing promontories giving rise to not only a safe harbour but also to a very pleasant sandy beach (Plage de l'Ecluse) around which the small village developed. The imposing promontories around the bay were the reason behind Dinard's initial development as an 'upmarket location'. Wealthy ship owners from the nearby town of St Malo commissioned imposing residences upon the clif tops from which they could both escape the noise and smells of the port of St Malo ... while still keeping an eye on their business interests across the bay.
Later on, towards the end of the 19th century, Dinard underwent another metamorphosis from fishing village to wealthy upmarket suburb of Saint Malo to a popular holiday destination for British aristocrats, celebrities and noveau riche who arrived in numbers and began the building of remarkable 'belle epoque' villas within the town, hundreds of which remain to this day. This influx went on for many years and gave the town a very strong British identity - an identity which continues to this day in the eyes of the french ! For the British, Dinard remains quintessentially French, with the local food (seafood is a speciality) ensuring that there is no doubt whatsoever that Dinard is very definitely French.
As the Plage de l'Ecluse and its surrounding area became more prominent part of the wider conurbation, in 1879 the name of the settlement was formally altered from Saint-Énogat to Dinard-Saint-Énogat to reflect the rise in importance of this part of the parish. With the development of the area around the beach and headlands continuing apace, in 1921 the town was formally renamed to Dinard with the original area of Saint-Énogat becoming the name for the western suburb of the new town. Saint-Énogat remains the name of this area to this day and is regarded by many of the locals as a village in its own right.
Dinard is renowned for its quiet, relaxed atmosphere and does not seek to compete with some more 'modern' beech resorts where all night discos and extreme sports are frequently on offer. Dinard has deliberately set out to focus on a very traditional holiday market and will suite the many people seeking a relaxing, low pace holiday rather than those seeking adrenalin filled activities and parties until the sun comes up. It is particularly popular with families with young children and very often we find that grand parents and extended family holiday together.
Dinard and local attractions
Whilst Dinard offers many attraction from the sandy beaches to the famous coastal walkways, its position in the north west of Brittany means that numerous other attractions are close by :
Mont-Saint-Michel 40km : One of the most visited tourist sites in the world the Mont-Saint-Michel is located on the Normady / Brittany border. The Abbey was build over many years between the 11th and 16th century and is one the most recognisable sites in france.
Saint-Malo 4km : Either a short drive from Dinard across the 'barage de la Rance' or a ferry ride across the bay (a very popular alternative which delivers you straight to the 'old' city walls) Saint Malo is a very popular tourise destination and spending a day wandering around the reconstructed old city, the 'intra muros', is well worth doing. Largely destroyed in 1944 the old town has been reconstructed with many shops and restaurants lining the 'old city'.
Dinan 20km : A short drive along the rance from Dinard, Dinan is an historic walled town overlooking the Rance.
Cancale 17km : located on the far side of St malo, Cancel is the oyster capital of Brittany. The oysters from Cancale have been famous for at least 2000 years being eaten Julius Caesar's troops and delivered on a daily basis to the court of Louis XIV.
Lots of other local attractions are worthy of a visit including Cap Frehel 23km (famous for the film 'the vikings'), the Emerald Coast 4km, Dol-de-Bretagne 24km, Plancoet 18km, Combourg 34km and many, many more ....